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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From All's Well to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips

Mary Stuart at Duke of York's Theatre: a coin toss decides which actress plays which queenManuel Harland

London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty National Theatre to the West End, the small powerhouses of the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida and out to the fringe theatres, it's hard to know which to turn. Our guide is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Below is our selection of the best plays on in London right now, with links to our reviews for further elucidation.

All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ Feisty, prickly and topical reading of Shakespeare problem play Until 3 Mar

Collective Rage, Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ Absurd romp through love, lust, and friendship is a knock-out. Until 17 Feb

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage.

John, National Theatre ★★★★ Annie Baker magnifies the indignities of embattled partners in emotional wars of attrition. Until 3 Mar

Julius Caesar, Bridge Theatre ★★★★ Nicholas Hytner’s superbly acted, rabble-rousing production pits the ruling elite against populism. Until 15 Apr

Mary Stuart, Duke of York's ★★★★★ Superb teamwork from Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams in Schiller thriller. Until 31 Mar

Network, National Theatre ★★★★  Bryan Cranston makes a searing London stage debut as the seminal 1976 film resonates anew. Until 24 Mar

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling.

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